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Near Mill Creek in Shasta County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

A Scenic Boulevard

Lassen Volcanic National Park

 
 
A Scenic Boulevard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2014
1. A Scenic Boulevard Marker
Inscription.  Today we take this park road for granted, but in 1916 when Lassen Volcanic National Park was established, the park's scenic features, expansive views, and volcanic landscapes could be reached only by horseback or on foot. In 1925, through the vision of early National Park Service Director Stephen T. Mather and private citizens like Michael Dittmar and others, construction on this scenic boulevard began in earnest.

The road construction was timely. Henry Ford's ten-millionth automobile rolled off the assembly line the year earlier and automobile touring was fast becoming an American pastime. With the building of the new road, park visitation by car jumped from 142 in 1924 to 2,200 in 1925.

The principal design challenge for the road centered on how to balance auto access while maintaining the park's pristine state. Mather weighed in to stop his own agency's overly ambitious road plans, ensuring that road construction to scenic features did not disturb the park's wilderness integrity.

The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway and All American Road extends from Lassen Volcanic National Park in California to Crater Lake National Park
Marker detail: Construction image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Construction
By 1931 the thirty-mile section of road you are traveling today was completed and formally dedicated. From 1933 to 1941 the road was maintained and improved by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Their high level of craftsmanship and naturalistic style of design is still evident in the road as you motor today.
in Oregon, creating a “volcano to volcano” drive.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkParks & Recreational AreasRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 🏞️ series list.
 
Location. 40° 28.269′ N, 121° 29.586′ W. Marker is near Mill Creek, California, in Shasta County. Marker is on Lassen Peak Highway (Scenic California Route 89) 13 miles north of California Route 36, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located near the Lassen Peak Highway summit, and about 8/10 mile north of the Lassen Peak Trailhead parking area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mill Creek CA 96061, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pluck and Carry (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bumpass’s Hell (approx. one mile away); Cinder Cone Volcano and the Fantastic Lava Beds (approx. 2.7 miles away); A Night to Remember / Three Days Later (approx. 3.4 miles away); Hot Rock (approx. 3˝ miles away); Loomis Legacy (approx. 5.8
A Scenic Boulevard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2014
3. A Scenic Boulevard Marker
miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 5.8 miles away); Mt. Lassen/The Noble Pass/The Park Highway (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway. The 30-mile Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway winds around the east side of Lassen Peak and connects the northwest and southwest entrances of the park. Plan for a one-hour drive time, without stops. Travel the highway in either direction and enjoy numerous roadside highlights. (Submitted on January 31, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Lassen Peak Highway image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 23, 2014
4. Lassen Peak Highway
(looking southeast from marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 31, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 31, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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